Pleasanton Planning Commissioner Jeffrey Nibert announced this week that he will be running for the City Council District 1 seat in the November general election.
Nibert, a 35-year resident of Pleasanton, has worked as an engineer for companies like General Electric, Intel and Avaya. He was also a senior project manager at PG&E where he managed the "engineering and construction of large gas transmission pipelines, installation of hydroelectric turbines and hydro system improvements," according to Nibert's candidacy news release.
"The values of respect, listening, serving and being an engaged teammate will drive me in tackling the challenges that face Pleasanton, as well as celebrating all that is good with our town," he said.
In his news release, Nibert promised voters he would refuse campaign donations from developers to remain "independent of special interests."
"His focus will be on maintaining the unique character of Pleasanton that has drawn a diverse community to live here, while collaborating on solutions to the problems facing the city," his news release read.
He also stated on the release that he will work to represent all the residents of Pleasanton as well as the neighbors in District 1, which is where he currently lives with his wife and three kids. He has held a regular seat on the city's Planning Commission since March 2021.
"My wife and I raised our three children in Pleasanton. This wonderful city and people have so much to offer and have provided so much for our family," Nibert said. "In the spirit of volunteering, I would like to give back by serving as their trusted representative."
The Nov. 8 election will be Pleasanton's first time following a district-based format for City Council seats, with District 1 representing the northwest Pleasanton neighborhoods of Highland Oaks, Moller Ranch, Val Vista and Hacienda.
Councilmember Kathy Narum's seat, for which she was elected at-large in 2018, has been effectively assigned to District 1 after the conversion to district elections. Narum will be ineligible to run for council in November under the city's term limit law, which prevents more than two consecutive full terms.
As of publication date, nobody else has thrown in their name for the District 1 race. The deadline to register is Aug. 12.
Mayor Karla Brown offered words of support for Nibert in his candidacy news release.
"Jeff Nibert's experience as a Pleasanton planning commissioner, combined with his vast corporate background make him the perfect City Council candidate for District 1," Brown said. "In addition, his engineering skills and project experience will add new insights to the council."
Nibert has volunteered youth activities in Pleasanton including Cub Scouts, YMCA Guides and Princesses and his church, where he taught children's Sunday school for 15 years.
He earned a master's degree in civil engineering from the University of California, Berkeley and a bachelor's degree in nuclear engineering from Pennsylvania State University.
Nibert does not currently have a campaign website, but he said he plans to have one in two weeks.